Play, Dance, Race ... and there's Lava!?
Web3 and blockchain gaming has made great strides in the past few years, there’s no doubt about that. Sure, there are plenty of projects that don’t look like they’ll go anywhere, but the number of promising and even already successful projects is growing all the time. While just about all of the games in this category are ongoing works in progress, some of them have glimmers of hope of becoming something that goes beyond the boundaries it is expected to stay within. The game we are taking a look at today has that glimmer, and it seems like it should be a project to watch for most blockchain gamers
That project is Blankos Block Party, a free-to-play, multiplayer party game that is being co-developed by both Mythical, Inc. and Third Kind Games, and published by Mythical, Inc. This game is fun, creative, and has a personality that many projects in this space either try to emulate and fail at or completely lack. These attributes, combined with its high-level accessibility from being available on the Epic Games Store make Blankos Block Party an easy frontrunner for the wide acceptance of NFT gaming in the mainstream video game industry.
Let’s take a look now at some of the things that make Blankos Block Party lead the pack.
Mythical, Inc., Third Kind Games
Single-player / Multiplayer
Mythical / Ethereum
First and foremost, Blankos Block Party is free to play. You can access the game by downloading the launcher from the official site, or by downloading the game from the Epic Games Store, as previously mentioned, and you’re off to the races.
With the game installed and an account made, you’re pretty much instantly thrown into action, and Blankos Block Party might look and feel a little familiar to gamers who have played a particular battle royale game that stars some clumsy characters.
If that wasn’t clear enough for you, Blankos Block Party clearly takes a lot of inspiration from Fall Guys, but it never feels like a ripoff. The Blankos are similarly cute and colorful, and the stages you play on are just as creative and complex, but Blankos Block Party is different where it counts.
Players take control of the highly customizable, Funko POP!-like Blankos and take them through competitions across maps that really sell the fact that you’re playing as a toy. These competitions consist of “Vibe” collection (the game’s collectibles), races, and all-out combat. The Blankos feel great and control very well, and I didn’t have any issue adjusting to the various needs of each event. Vibe collection requires you to be nimble, races obviously require speed, and combat elimination, probably the most involved one, is incredibly fun thanks to fantastic aiming speed and time-to-kill. At every turn, Blankos Block Party is a delight.
Outside of the primary game modes, players can also build their own events using a suite of complex yet intuitive tools that the developers provide you with. I played a few of these player-created events, and they were never as polished as the ones present in the main game, but the ability to flex your creativity and add content to the game is definitely a plus.
If I really had to pick apart Blankos Block Party to find something negative, I would say that the Blankos can become a little difficult to control if you manage to come across a power-up. On more than one occasion, I found myself flying into a stage hazard because a glowing blue power-up made my Blanko move so fast that it basically ignored inertia and slid right off a platform into acid. It's slightly annoying, and this doesn’t happen all the time or is even possible on every stage, but it’s worth mentioning.
In just about every aspect, Blankos Block Party is a triumph. The gameplay itself is incredibly fun and polished, with only minor quibbles. It doesn’t coerce you into pumping money into it, and even the technology behind it puts the player/consumer first. If only other blockchain game projects would follow Blankos Block Party’s lead, the industry might enjoy a much faster integration process with the standard video game industry.
Yes, it might be a little inspired by another successful video game, but Blankos Block Party is entirely its own experience. Anybody even moderately interested in NFTs, video games, or their inevitable fusion, should check this game out.
Easy to Learn
To get started with Blankos Block Party, all you need to do is download the launcher and create an account.
Simply head over to the website and click “Play Now," download the launcher for either Mac or PC, and create an account by providing your email address and password to sign up. And that’s it, you're ready to start playing!
Windows 10 64bit
Intel Core i7-4770 / AMD FX 8310
Nvidia GTX 660 / AMD Radeon HD 7870